Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary for Special Projects
Ursula Wright is the Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary for Special Projects. In this capacity, she serves as the Department’s lead on the Promise Zones initiative, an Administration priority that aims to improve conditions for designated high-poverty communities across the country. She also leads the Department’s work on innovation clusters and contributes to the Race to the Top – District program.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Education, Ms. Wright worked at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (“NAPCS”), the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the quality growth of the charter school movement, in multiple C-level positions. She helped grow NAPCS from a start-up to an established organization serving approximately 2.5 million charter school students nationwide and an additional one million students on charter school waiting lists. Before transitioning to the not-for-profit sector, Ms. Wright developed functional competencies in strategy, operations, finance, and marketing at some of the nation’s most recognized corporations.
Ms. Wright has also contributed to public education through her board service, including tenures with The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence , a non-partisan non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preparing, certifying, and supporting people who want to improve their communities by becoming a teacher, and Achievement Preparatory Academy, a high performing charter school in Washington, DC’s most economically disadvantaged ward.
Ms. Wright earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She has also completed executive education coursework at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.